Well, my time here has come to an end. Most folks are girding for the evening commute, but we writer-types are lucky: we just go in the other room and comb our hair. Maybe.
Thanks to Mark for letting me steer the mothership, and to all who read and commented. Thanks especially to those who emailed their first sentences. It’s made for interesting reading.
And finally, in addition to Daniel Olivas’s rave review (here at TEV) of Luis Urrea’s new novel The Hummingbird's Daughter, the Rake has also just given it a solid thumbs-up. While researching Border Dogs, I read everything I could get my hands on by Urrea. His take on the border region is unique, and the writing is so beautiful you can scarcely believe it (see especially Nobody's Son and The Devil's Highway, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer in non-fiction). In fact, I might just head out this evening and get me a copy of Hummingbird …
Have a good weekend everybody.